BEMIDJI — The QRF what?
Heading into Friday’s non-conference matchup against the Bemidji Lumberjacks, the then 12-1 Brainerd Warriors were seven positions behind Bemidji (8-5) in the QRF rankings, which is how the Section 8-3A playoffs will be seeded.
Rankings, even computer ones, apparently don’t mean much as Class 3A’s eighth-ranked Warriors downed the unranked Lumberjacks 3-1 for their seventh straight win.
“No. 1, I don’t understand it,” said Warriors coach Mike Zauhar. “If we win out and don’t get the No. 1 seed there ought to be an investigation. We’re playing quality people like Bloomington Jefferson and Richfield. Hopefully the QRF will do us justice at the end of the year. Home field advantage is so important in the playoffs.”
Brainerd is ranked No. 25 in the QRF polls, which places them third in the section. Bemidji is ranked No. 18 behind No. 16 Big Lake, which as of Friday, held a 6-1 overall record according to Minnesota-Scores.net, which owns and operates the QRF, or Quality Results Formula.
Brainerd did all it could do to help its standings Friday. The Warriors knocked out 10 hits with Bailey O’Hotto going 2-4 with two runs scored and Hannah Kangas finishing 2-4 with a double and two RBIs. Nikki DeChaine added an RBI.
“Any time you win on the road it’s a good win,” said Zauhar. “We gutted out a road win (Thursday). That one wasn’t pretty, but we pulled it out. It’s always tough to win in Bemidji. This was a huge section win. It was miserable and cold up there, but again our kids were very focused from the middle innings on out.”
Nikki Anderson picked up her 12th win of the season as she struck out 12 batters. She allowed one run on one hit, three walks and a hit batter.
The two-time defending Section 8-2A champion Warriors are back on the road Tuesday in Cold Spring to take on Rocori before five straight home games.
Bemidji 1 1 1
Brainerd 3 10 3
WP: Nikki Anderson. LP: Jess Yost. 2B: Brd-Hannah Kangas. Overall: Brd 13-1. Next: Brainerd at Rocori 5 p.m. Tuesday.